The UK social photography project Some Cities has launched a dedicated new image sharing website featuring over 40,000 photos of people, places and events taken in the UK city of Birmingham.
The digital images, shared via the social media service Twitter or submitted directly to Some Cities by photographers of all abilities across the city, are now enjoying global exposure.
Photographs featured on the site to date cover a wealth of subject matter, including portraits, skylines, wildlife, industry, religious ceremonies, architecture, transport, nights out and street scenes around Birmingham as well as shots taken in or around the city’s central shopping areas, airport, markets, venues and other public spaces.
Announcing the launch, Some Cities co-founder Dan Burwood said, “To have recorded such a phenomenal number of images in a relatively short space of time shows us and the world just how many stories unfold in our city at any one time, and that Birmingham really is home to an incredible amount of photographic activity. We’re already working with a community of incredibly talented photographers to take the project forward, and invite residents and organisations across the city to join us on the next step of this exciting shared journey.”
New images can be sent directly to Some Cities by email or via Twitter, tagged with #Birmingham, #somecities and #brumfotos, and will form part of an ongoing extensive and authentic digital archive of life in the city.
Some Cities, which brings Birmingham a step closer to becoming one of the UK’s leading centres for photography, works with partners across the creative, cultural, academic and voluntary sectors to train and cultivate the city’s photography community through a series of public talks, bursaries, workshops and sharing events.
Since the launch of the project in November 2013, Birmingham has seen a notable increase in social media activity around documenting and celebrating life and work in the city through photography.
Around 300 aspiring and professional photographers have attended and participated in Some Cities talks, workshops and courses to date.
The two recipients of the first Some Cities bursaries, Birmingham-based photographers Atillo Fiumarella and Stephen Burke, are working to document the under-threat Grade-II Moseley Road Baths building and creating a series of portraits of residents from the Balsall Heath area of the city, respectively.
The artists will give a free talk on their work at mac Birmingham on Tuesday 25 March 2014 and their images will be displayed at the city’s Old Print Works in July 2014.
The Some Cities initiative is supported by Arts Council England, the University of Birmingham, mac Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, and is managed by Birmingham-based photographers Andrew Jackson and Dan Burwood.
Some Cities, which can be found at www.some-cities.org.uk, is supported by Arts Council England, University of Birmingham, mac Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, WAVE, Square magazine and AG Photographics.